I'm a union nurse, when we (the nurses) are voting to strike or not to strike at the union meetings,getting a pay raise is the least of our worries. We are usually concerned about safety, work load and protecting our contract we have already fought for in the past. A lot of time we are voting to protect our patients. I can only speak about what i've seen, but with us anyway, it isn't the money that is making us vote to strike. I love the company I work for, I just don't want to see it change for the worse. When it is time for contracts the union and the agency/company is trying to change the contract. Unless you are in the negotiations you'll never know what is really going on. I've learned not to judge things when you are on the outside, because you just can't even guess the entire story. It is a lot bigger than the money. For example, one of the things they are fighting for in california is safety.